Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC)

This four-day comprehensive course, accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), focuses on the fundamental concepts, tools and practices needed to be successful in today’s complex economic environment.

Who should attend?

The Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC) is designed for community leaders and stakeholders who participate in the process of community and economic development at local, regional, state and federal levels. Typical conference attendees include chamber of commerce and economic and community development organization professionals, elected and appointed officials, government agency staff, community planners, utility personnel, bankers, business leaders, real estate brokers and developers, and community volunteers.

Date and Location:

May 6 - 9, 2019
Embassy Suites Nashville - at Vanderbilt

Course Fee:

$695 through April 19, 2019
$745 after April 19, 2019

The registration fee covers course materials, instruction, selected meals and refreshment breaks. It does not cover hotel and other travel expenses. Registration is limited to 35 participants and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to Register:

Register Here

If you don't remember the email address you created your account with, please contact Carol Jones, 615-253-6371 Carol.Jones@tennesseee.edu

You may also register by submitting a Course Registration Form by email. 


Participants in the TBEDC will:

  • Learn about best practices in economic and community development
  • Explore new methods and programs to promote job growth and investment
  • Discuss emerging trends and factors that shape local and regional economies
  • Develop a valuable network of fellow economic development professionals and resources

The TBEDC will cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Trends in Economic Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Marketing and Business Attraction
  • Business Retention and Expansion
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development
  • Community Development
  • Economic Development Finance
  • Workforce Development
  • Real Estate Development
  • Managing Economic Development Organizations
  • Economic Development Ethics
  • Course instructors include highly qualified economic development professionals from across the state and the country.


A limited number of scholarships are available to TBEDC participants from Tennessee: 

The Philip Trauernicht Scholarship: Trauernicht Scholarship Application

This scholarship is in memory of Philip Trauernicht , a long time public servant to economic development. This annual scholarship provides full tuition to attend the annual Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course and up to four nights’ lodging during the course. Learn more about Philip and the scholarship here.

General Scholarship: 

TBEDC Scholarship Application

This scholarship covers TBEDC tuition and does not include hotel, travel or meals. Applications must be received by March 30, 2018 to be considered for a scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be required to pay a non-refundable processing fee of $150 upon receiving the award. Scholarships cover $545 of the $695 course tuition cost. The required processing fee will not be refundable should the participant withdraw from the course.

Hotel accommodations:

Embassy Suites Nashville – at Vanderbilt

Rate and hotel registration link: 

Click Here to Make a Hotel Reservation

This link and rate is intended for use by those attending this TBEDC course only. Any reservations found using this rate for someone outside of the class will be cancelled and charged a fee. 

Accreditation and Professional Development:

The Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and counts toward the CEcD certification for professional economic developers. Upon satisfactory completion of the TBEDC, participants will receive a course certificate and will qualify for admission to other IEDC courses for advanced training.

CEU credits are available through the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service.

See our past TBEDC Graduates:

TBEDC Class of 2018
TBEDC Class of 2017
TBEDC Class of 2016
TBEDC Class of 2015
TBEDC Class of 2014
TBEDC Class of 2013
TBEDC Class of 2012
TBEDC Class of 2011
TBEDC Class of 2010
TBEDC Class of 2009
TBEDC Class of 2008
TBEDC Class of 2007

Attendance Policy:

Course Attendance Policy: Participants are required to be present at all classes offered in order to receive credit for the course. No excuses for absence shall be accepted except those of illness, family emergency or business emergency. If illness, immediate family emergency or business emergency forces a student to be absent for more than 10% of the course, it must be repeated for credit to be granted. Travel inconvenience is not considered an emergency.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Payment needs to reach our office two weeks prior to the class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations one week or less prior to the first date of class, but credit may be applied towards another UT CIS course.

Dress Code:

The attire for TBEDC is business casual.

Questions or More Information:

Contact Kim K. Denton, CEcD, TCED Director (865) 974-8464 or email at kim.denton@tennessee.edu

Other TCED Economic Development Courses:

View other TCED economic development courses